FREELANCE ROBOTICS SERVICES
Robotics & Automation
Freelance Robotics provides quality engineering services and solutions across
the field of robotics and automation.
Depending on the requirements, our services in robotics and automation engineering include
- Technical specifications report for project development (if not provided by client)
- Feasibility study / project costing estimation report, including return on investment calculations
- Design and integration of all parts of the robot including software, electronics and mechanics
- Development of a proof of concept is crucial when creating an entirely new product
- Programming of the whole behaviour including control, human interface, I/O and sensor management in an appropriate language
- On-site installation of the final version for extensive testing and hand-over of the finished product
- After-sales service including repairs and upgrades
We can develop robots from scratch as well as install, program, and repair most robots on the market. This is possible due to our deep understanding of the robotics technology they rely on. Additionally, you can refer to our development approach page for more information about our approach to project management.
What is Robotics
Robotics is a knowledge based on many engineering fields to develop a complex, interactive system. The main engineering fields
related to robotics are: mechanics, electronics, information technology (IT), signal processing and artificial intelligence (AI).
Robotics science is now known as mechatronics, which is the partial or complete combination of the above skills and knowledge.
Here is a brief description of the role of each discipline:
- Mechanics plays a crucial role in enabling the machine to interact effectively with the physical environment. For example, it allows the machine to grasp objects or apply specific forces and pressures to initiate the desired reactions in the environment.
- Electronics allows the machine to sense the physical world and operate on it by transforming a mechanical/physical property into an electrical signal and vice versa. Moreover, nowadays, electronics is generally a combination of digital and analogue electrical signals.
- Information technology is the computing science that allows complex machine behaviour by using micro-processors / computers to control highly complex behaviour and reasoning using logic programs.
- Signal processing is the science of interpreting the electrical signals provided by electronic systems. Furthermore, these signals are processed and filtered to extract the desired information from sensors. Subsequently, an appropriate signal is sent as a response, typically interpreted by actuators or relayed as information to a display, sound, or feedback loop. This enables machines to be controlled with precision using an action/reaction principle. With significant advancements in microprocessor technology, this discipline primarily relies on digital signals extracted from analogue signals. These digital signals are processed by microcontrollers and then converted back to analogue signals to provide the necessary input for the actuators.
- Artificial intelligence is an addition to robotics science that allows more complex behaviour involving adding an adaptation factor to the basic action / reaction system. This allows the machine to adapt its behaviour using inputs that are weighted according to importance.
What is Automation
Automation, at its core, represents a fundamental stage in the evolution of robotics systems. For instance, take a simple conveyor system consisting of a motor and mechanical components, which are triggered into action by an electronic switch. This system undeniably falls within the domain of automation. Although automated systems have the capacity to integrate control systems, their operational scope primarily revolves around executing action-reaction processes within carefully controlled environments.
Consequently, automation stands as an exceptionally apt choice for tackling repetitive tasks that adhere to logically sequenced actions and involve inputs of a predictable nature. Furthermore, it showcases its proficiency in the consistent welding of a metal component at a designated location.
Robotics & Automation Development Examples
We can develop mobile robots for terrestrial, aerial or aquatic applications.
Here are some examples of vehicle automation development we can offer:
- Mining: drilling rigs, loading trucks, service vehicles
- Agricultural: tractor, Irrigators, buggy
- Industrial: forklift, mobile storage, automated truck loading and unloading
- Limited access area: pipe, air conditioning duct, under house inspection robots
- Private: garden helper, house cleaning helper, animal interaction / entertainer, mobile robot platform for research at manufacturing show of Queensland
UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Mining (topographic mapping survey etc …)
- Sales and maintenance (aerial photography)
- Surveillance / Monitoring
AUV – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle & USF
– Unmanned Surface Vehicle
- Ocean floor topography
- Fauna and flora monitoring
- Flooded pipes
- Automation of marine farming (aquaculture)
- Specialised packaging machine
- Automate full manufacturing process
- Part sorting
- Robotic arm
- Automate Loading / unloading system for transport
Despite being closer to artificial intelligence, Web Bots are a particular type of robot that generally work in the virtual world of the internet. Nevertheless, there are some applications that could be:
- Smart avatar
- Web interacting robots
- Monitoring / harvesting data